Hot and dry weather hurts Iowa’s crops


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Our recent hot and dry weather has not been kind to Iowa’s crops.

More than sixteen percent of Iowa’s corn crop has already silked, which is about two weeks ahead of schedule. Similarly, twenty-six percent of the soybean crop has bloomed, compared to the five-year average of fifteen percent at this time.

The percentages of crops rated as good or excellent (the scale goes: poor, fair, good, excellent) is the lowest since 2006.

Read more from The Gazette here.

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About Michael Gallagher

I am originally from outside of Chicago, but I have spent the last five years in Iowa pursuing my education. From 2006-2010 I attended Grinnell College, where I received a B.A. in English. Currently, I am a graduate student in the University of Iowa's journalism department. In addition to my work for CGRER, I write for the non-profit investigative reporting organization Iowa Watch. Previously, I worked as a freelance writer, primarily contributing to Hoopla (The Gazette's arts and culture publication), and I assistant coached the Grinnell College cross country and track teams for a year. My interests include writing, running, watching the Chicago Bulls, and . . . environmental news!
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